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PARIS: Airbus show total should restore positive net orders

Airbus is claiming a total of 149 firmly-ordered aircraft, across its product range, plus 214 commitments by the close of the Paris air show.

These agreements would theoretically push Airbus into positive net orders, after the airframer languished in negative net territory, with a deficit of nearly 60 jets, over the first five months of this year.

It secured orders for 48 A321XLRs, launched during the show, with commitments for another 79.

Another 99 orders for this long-range model have been obtained through conversions of jets already in the Airbus backlog.

The A321XLR contributed 127 aircraft to an overall total of 254 A320-family jets for which customers signed.

Customers also converted 352 orders, not just to the XLR but also primarily to other variants of the single-aisle A320 family.

Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer described the airframer's activity at Paris as a "dynamic situation", and particularly highlighted the sales of the A220. Customers signed for 85 firm and committed A220s.

The A330neo benefited from orders and commitments for 24 aircraft.

But Airbus's flagship A350 was notably missing from the end-of-show total, although Scherer indicates "additional business on the way", although probably "not before the end of the air show".

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